Commentary: Supreme's Decision Must Not Be as Flawed as Phelps Family

Picketing a funeral for a young man who served our country with signs that seemingly rejoice over the family’s loss is not a case of Free Speech, but a case of crass harassment, and unwarranted public insults coupled with a cruel hazing of a grieving family during the worst time of their lives…burying one of their children.

First of all, that so-called Westboro Baptist Church is in no way affiliated with the Baptist Convention. That “church,” which the left delightfully uses as a stereotype for all Christians, is not a church at all. It consists only of the Phelps family members, but still is enough to grant them tax exempion status as a church.  The Supreme Court must not err by ruling that the Phelps Family had the RIGHT to add to the grief of suffering families by picketing that funeral under the law of Freedom of Speech.

Let’s get this straight once and for all. The First Amendment was implemented by our Founding Fathers to be certain that any citizen could criticize and speak disapproval of the government of The United States without fear of reprisal. PERIOD. Something that could NOT be done in other countries where any stated disapproval of the government could result in beating and a prison sentence.The First Amendment assures that nobody in America will be punished for criticizing the government. Yes, that is repeated, but a point MUST be made. THIS is what the First Amendment Free Speech Rights means and nothing else.

Support for Kagan dropping

It seems that the more time that passes since President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, the lower her measure of support tallies among the American people.

The latest Rasmussen poll shows that 47% of Americans hold an unfavorable view of Kagan, with only 41% favoring her - putting her upsidedown by six points.  And that's up four points in the last few weeks, which would seem to indicate that the more the public learns about her, the less they like the idea of her serving a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.

Add that to the latest poll from USA Today which confirms her low levels of support, showing only 46% of respondents saying that they would "like to see the Senate vote in favor" of her nomination.  By contrast, at this point in their own nominations, Sotomayor was at 55%, Alito at 54% and Roberts at 60%.

Most likely, this has to do with the fact that more people are finding out more information about her views (on abortion, for example) and her liberal record.

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